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Diploma Courses

CNM Clinics - Affordable Treatment by CNM Students

Student practitioners are available to the public for consultation and treatment at discounted rates. CNM students are currently undergoing training to become qualified health care professionals. All consultation and treatment is overseen by fully qualified, experienced practitioners.

Acupuncture Clinic

Clinic availability varies according to college location - Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. If you wish to receive treatment, please contact the CNM at dublininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com.

CNM Diploma Courses

Our Naturopathy Foundation Courses (Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, and Naturopathic Practical) form the basis of our training and provide CNM students with a firm grasp of Naturopathic principles and therapies, before proceeding to specialisation in Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and/or Herbal Medicine. For those studying Naturopathic Nutrition, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Practical are optional courses.

CNM Ireland Graduates

The College of Naturopathic Medicine is one of Ireland’s largest, most highly-respected and well-known natural medicine training providers, with colleges in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Acupuncture Diploma Course

About the Course

Acupuncture Diploma Course

What is Acupuncture?

The power of acupuncture to restore the health of body and mind is increasingly recognised throughout the western world. Acupuncture has an extraordinary ability to change people’s lives. It works by releasing blockages to the body’s “qi”. Qi is energy, or the “life force”, which flows through energy pathways in the body. Modern research suggests that qi may be a form of bio-electricity.

Acupuncture works on a deep level to help patients recover their physical and mental harmony. Acupuncture is becoming ever more popular in the UK, and opportunities for both independent practice and within the NHS are growing all the time. Acupuncture is viewed very positively by the House of Lords Committee, the British Medical Association, and the World Health Organisation.

Why Study Acupuncture with The CNM?

The CNM Acupuncture Diploma Course provides high quality training that equips graduates to build highly successful practices. It is carefully structured so each study unit builds on the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional Acupuncturists. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own unique style of consultation and application.

The Regulation of Acupuncture

In the UK, the Department of Health is expected to create a statutory register of practitioners within about three years. In order to use the title “acupuncturist”, therapists will have to be on the register. CNM is fully committed to gaining accreditation for its acupuncture graduates, which would allow them to practice legally within the UK. CNM has gained stage one accreditation with the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (subject to certain conditions).

Prerequisites

Junior or Leaving Certificate, or equivalent academic and/or work experience.

Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Midwives, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, etc, may not be required to take Unit 1 - Biomedicine Study - please contact us for more information and to see if you qualify for direct enrolment.

Biomedicine Study

Duration - 1 year.

  • Medical terminology, cells, tissues, embryology
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • Clinical diagnostic, differential diagnosis
  • Blood-urine analysis, examination methods
  • Infectious Diseases

Naturopathy Study

Duration - 1 year.

  • Toxicity, Detoxification, Cleansing
  • Fasting, Diet, Nutrition
  • Bach Flower Therapy
  • Introduction to Homeopathy
  • Introduction to Herbal Medicine
  • Tissue Salts
  • Naturopathy

Naturopathic Practical

Duration - 1 year.

  • Chinese diagnostic
  • Face
  • Tongue
  • Pulse
  • Nail
  • Abdominal Diagnostic
  • Ear Acupuncture
  • Introduction to Acupuncture
  • Cause of disease and pathogenic energies
  • Important Acupuncture points
  • Specific effects of needle stimulation
  • Examination methods and diagnostic rules
  • Iridology
  • History of Iridology
  • Technique of Examination
  • Topography of the Iris
  • Constitution, Disposition and Diathesis
  • Pupil Phenomena
  • Study of the signs
  • Study of pigments
  • Prescriptions

Acupuncture

Duration: 2 years, 2 weekends per month, plus 2 sets of 10 days during the 2-year course.

TCM Theory I and II

These two Units give an understanding of the basic concepts of Chinese medicine, including yin/ yang, qi, five elements, causes of illness (including diet, emotions, stress, climate). They give a fresh and revealing insight into the forces which shape our lives.

Chinese Diagnosis

This Unit teaches the subtle Chinese methods of diagnosis, including pulse palpation, tongue observation, taking a case history, observation of body posture and colours. These unique diagnostic methods allow the formation of an accurate and precise diagnosis, which identifies the root cause of illnesses, and allows the development of a treatment plan.

Practical Techniques

As well as becoming confident in acupuncture, students learn other related techniques, such as moxibustion (burning a herb over certain points), vacuum cupping (to release toxins) and electro acupuncture.

Disease Differentiation

In Chinese medicine there is a saying “one disease, many patterns”. This means that everyone who comes in is seen as an individual, with a unique pattern of imbalance. For any one disease, there are usually a number of different causes. For example, asthma may be due to a kidney weakness, a lung weakness, or “phlegm”. This Unit allows students to differentiate the causes of a wide variety of common diseases seen in clinic, including digestive problems, gynaecology, nervous system disorders, musculo – skeletal problems, breathing problems, and mental - emotional problems.

Point Location

This Unit allows students to locate acupuncture points with ease and confidence. At CNM we encourage students to “tune in” to the points, to feel the quality of energy in them. This helps refine the diagnosis.

Clinical Practice

There is one Unit of clinical observation, and four Units of clinical practice. This provides 400 hours of clinical experience, after which students should be confident to take control of treatments of a very wide range of disorders.

Practitioner Development and Ethics

This Unit helps students focus on setting up and maintain a thriving practice. It helps CNM graduates to build the support systems they need to reach their full potential as acupuncturists, and keeps them abreast of regulatory developments in the acupuncture world.

Research and Dissertation

This Unit will teach research methods, so students can identify best practice, and most effective techniques. Students will be supported in writing a dissertation.

  • Introduction
  • Yin Yang theory
  • Causes of diseases
  • Five elements
  • Eight Principals
  • Meridians
  • Pathology Diagnostic
  • Differential Diagnostic
  • Pulse Diagnostic
  • Tongue Diagnostic
  • Case taking and follow up
  • Point location
  • Needle techniques
  • Cupping
  • Moxabustion
  • Bodywork techniques
  • Qi Kung
  • Respiratory System
  • Urogenital System
  • Digestive System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Pain, Headaches
  • Skin problems
  • Practice management

Diploma

  • Dip. Acupuncture
  • Dip. Naturopathy

Study Programme and Locations

Options

  • Full time, weekends and weekdays (Dublin only)
  • Part time, weekends (all colleges - Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick)

Intake Dates

Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.

Examples

Depending on your study schedule, the diploma courses can be completed in 3 to 6 years.

Full time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 2 and 3: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)

Part time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine
  • Year 2: Naturopathy Study
  • Year 3: Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 4 and 5: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)

Our course advisors are here to help you create a schedule that suits your needs - contact us for information.

Cost

Please contact our registration advisors for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.

Recognition

Acupuncture Training

Our acupuncture programme gives the graduate eligibility for membership of the I.AC.B (Irish Acupuncture Board). This board is one of only four Irish acupuncture associations acknowledged at government level and involved in the setting of standards in acupuncture in Ireland.

Naturopathy Training

The Naturopathy training is recognised by the Council of Irish Naturopathic Practitioners.

How to Apply

We advise you to first contact us and discuss your personal needs and goals. We can then assist you in tailoring a study schedule that suits your lifestyle and commitments. Our course advisors are knowledgable, friendly, and deal with students from all walks of life - please call us at +00 353 (0)1235 3094, use our contact form, or email dublininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com.

Admissions Contact

Eileen Twomey

+353 (0)1235 3094

The Gate Lodge
Upper Glenageary Road
Glenageary
Co. Dublin
T: +353 (0)1235 3094
F: +353 (0)1236 9960

Continuing Study Options

Further Study with the CNM

Students who have completed the Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study, and Naturopathic Practical study Units may opt to study the other specialist diploma courses, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, and Naturopathic Nutrition.

Degrees

Charles Sturt University CNM has developed an alliance with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in New South Wales, Australia, which allows CNM students and graduates to enrol into the Bachelor of Health Science Degree (Complementary Medicine). The CSU Degree programme is a distance learning course which starts each February and can be completed in 2 or 3 years. CSU offers the further opportunity for ongoing study to obtain a Master’s Degree, or a PH.D. in Complementary Medicine.

Charles Stuart University is Australia’s leading distance learning University, being responsible for the on-line education of over 28,000 students. CSU was awarded a “University of the Year” award in Australia, for its nationally recognised ability to reflect the needs of today’s society, and responsiveness to the need for life-long learning in a changing world.

Applications must be completed by the end of November; please contact us for more information. Students must have completed their CNM course before applying to start a CSU degree.

General Course Information - Ireland/EU Students

CNM Students in class

The following is a brief synopsis of the course offerings available to Ireland and EU (European Economic Area) students. Please take a moment to review this basic but important information about available courses, as well as study schedules, cost, and general course structure, etc. Once you’ve read this section, use the links in the left-hand menu under Courses - Ireland/EU to review each course in detail.

* At this time, International students (students who are NOT Irish or EU citizens) may study at CNM London UK College only - for more info please visit the CNM UK site.

Admissions Contact

Nita Whelan
dubininfo@naturopathy-ireland.com
T: +353 (0)1235 3094

CNM
Unit 6, The Rear Courtyard,
19 Castle Street, Dalkey. Co. Dublin.
Tel: +353(0) 1 2353094

Diploma Courses

CNM offers four diploma courses, as shown below. Please see Schedules for more info. Use the links below, or in the left menu, to review each specific course detail.

Short Courses

CNM offers short courses, as shown below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?

If you are a citizen of an EEA country you do NOT need a visa.

What are the enrolment deadlines?

Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.

Can I work in Ireland while I am a student?

European Economic Area (EEA) citizens can work in Ireland without permission.

What do the course fees cover?

The course fees cover teaching, assessment, examinations, and graduation.

The course fees do NOT cover the costs of any study materials (books, texts, etc), case studies, clinical hours, travel, personal stationery, digital media and equipment like mobile phones and computers, accommodation, or general living costs.

How do I pay my course fees?

Fees are payable in full at the beginning of each academic year of your course. If you are an EEA citizen, it is possible to pay your course fees in monthly instalments - contact us for more details.

I have been asked to pay ‘enrolment fees’ - when should I pay these?

Enrolment fees must be paid within 7 days of your enrolment being approved. The enrolment fee is a one-time payment and is non-refundable. Once you have enroled, if you wish to take additional courses you will NOT have to pay any additional enrolment fees, provided you do not cancel your course of study.

Study Schedules

Options

  • Full time, weekends and weekdays (Dublin only)
  • Part time, weekends (all colleges - Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick)

Intake Dates

Typically, students enrol for the Autumn (Oct) and Spring (Feb) semesters. However, since our Biomedicine and Naturopathy courses are built around a modular system, new students can join a course throughout the year.

Examples

Depending on your study schedule, the diploma courses can be completed in 3 to 6 years.

Full time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine, Naturopathy Study and Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 2 and 3: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)

Part time study

  • Year 1: Biomedicine
  • Year 2: Naturopathy Study
  • Year 3: Naturopathic Practical
  • Years 4 and 5: Specialist training (Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine or Homeopathy)

Our course advisors are here to help you create a schedule that suits your needs - contact us for information.

Study Costs

Please contact our registration advisors for exact course pricing, discounts, and financing options.

Study Locations

Full Time and Part time (Weekdays and weekends)

  • Dublin

Part Time (Weekends) Only

  • Cork
  • Galway
  • Limerick

Degrees

Charles Sturt University CNM has developed an alliance with Charles Sturt University (CSU) in New South Wales, Australia, which allows CNM students and graduates to enrol into the Bachelor of Health Science Degree (Complementary Medicine). The CSU Degree programme is a distance learning course which starts each February and can be completed in 2 or 3 years. CSU offers the further opportunity for ongoing study to obtain a Master’s Degree, or a PH.D. in Complementary Medicine.

Charles Stuart University is Australia’s leading distance learning University, being responsible for the on-line education of over 28,000 students. CSU was awarded a "University of the Year" award in Australia, for its nationally recognised ability to reflect the needs of today’s society, and responsiveness to the need for life-long learning in a changing world.

Applications must be completed by the end of November; please contact us for more information. Students must have completed their CNM course before applying to start a CSU degree.

EEA Countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Iceland*
  • Liechtenstein*
  • Norway*
  • Switzerland**

* These countries are in the EEA, but are not members of the European Union.
** Switzerland is not in the EEA, but an international treaty means that from 1 June 2002 Swiss nationals have a similar right to live in the UK as EEA nationals.

Reference: www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/